When Prison Break started there was something novel about the show, a white-knuckle thriller set in very confined spaces, featuring a brilliant young man, Michael (Wentworth Miller), who robbed a bank just so that he could be sent to the same prison where his brother (Dominic Purcell) was waiting to be executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Michael intended to spring him out (the elaborate tattoo on his body was actually a map), but there were constant obstacles. The first season was incredibly tense, the second a natural follow-up… but the third became too repetitious, the fourth lost its way completely and the belated fifth was strictly for fans. Still, inventive on occasion, with a dedicated cast.
2005-2009, 2017:U.S. Made for TV. 90 episodes. Color. Created by Paul Scheuring. Theme: Ramin Djawadi. Cast: Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield), Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows), Sarah Wayne Callies (Sara Tancredi), Robert Knepper, Amaury Nolasco, Paul Adelstein (05-07, 09, 17), Rockmond Dunbar (05-07, 09, 17), Wade Williams (05-08), William Fichtner (06-09), Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (07-09), Robin Tunney (05-06), Robert Wisdom (07-08), Danay Garcia (07-08), Marshall Allman (05-07), Peter Stormare (05-06), Mark Feuerstein (17), Inbar Lavi (17), Augustus Prew (17).
Trivia: The final two episodes of the fourth season were not aired in the U.S. but released as a direct-to-DVD feature, Prison Break: The Final Break.